Located high atop the Barnwell Mountains of East Texas is one of the stateís most exciting off-road parks Ė The Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area!

Opened in 2000, this Texas Motorized Trails Coalition (TMTC) property offers dirt bikes, UTVís and OHVís 1,850 acres of pure delight. There are 27+ miles of single track trails for dirt bikes and many more miles of challenging trails for UTVís and OHVís. There is a 16 mile Adventure Trail for the dirt biker or ATV rider looking for a less demanding ride and there are trails that even the novice UTV and OHV riders will enjoy!

Barnwell Mountain has primitive camp sites for the tent campers and an electric camp that has 30 amp hook ups for recreational vehicles. (Sorry no water or sewer hook ups). There are several toilets placed throughout the park for your convenience. The park also has two cabins and five bunkhouses available for nightly rentals. A new bath facility located near the pavilion offers four individual showers and two restrooms in addition to the bath facilities located in the office building.

The Barnwell Mountain facilities and trail system were designed for motorized off-road purposes. The trail system was developed and is maintained by all-volunteer TMTC members. The trails are mapped and rated with signage at the trail heads.

Whether you are an off-road pro, a novice, or something in between, you will find adventure for the whole family in a very unique and beautiful setting at Barnwell Mountain!

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County Burn Ban

A burn ban is in effect for Upshur County. No open fires are permitted.

Group Outings

If you are planning a group outing on a specific date, please communicate those plans with our staff to help ensure no conflicts arise.

After Hours Access

Our office is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Entry into the park after midnight is not allowed. The gate is closed from midnight until 8:00 the following morning.

Park Photos

from the BMRA and TMTC forums

Barnwell Mountain is OPEN this weekend.

Please remember that the park closes Sunday at 6:00PM and everyone must exit by that time.

Please see the events page for information regarding RV space reservations during these events.

  • Fall Work Day
    Saturday October 17, 2015
    The park will be open.

  • Thanksgiving 2015 and New Years 2016
    The park will be open normal hours (Friday through Sunday) for Thanksgiving (November 27th through the 29th) and New Years weekend (January 1st through the 3rd).

  • Christmas 2015
    The park will be closed Christmas weekend December 25th through the 27th.

  • Mega Run XV
    March 4-6, 2016
    The park will be closed.

  • SCARR 2016
    April 20-24, 2016
    The park will be closed.

  • Lone Star Toyota Jamboree
    May 12-15, 2016
    The park will be closed.

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Cabin and Bunkhouse Rentals

Barnwell Mountain has two cabins and five bunkhouses available for rent. The cabins are located near the office at the top of the entrance road. Both cabins have hot and cold running water, a bathroom with a shower, heat and air conditioning, a sink, microwave, refrigerator, wireless internet, and satellite TV. You must bring your own cookware, linens and bathroom supplies.

The first cabin sleeps three and rents for $65 a night. The second cabin will sleep up to 6. It rents for $85 a night. See the Photo Gallery for additional photos of each cabin.

The five bunkhouses are located near the pavilion and new bath facility. Each bunkhouse is equipped with a single and a bunk bed, heat and air conditioning, a porch swing, a picnic table, and a grill. The bunkhouses have no water or plumbing but are only a short walk from the bath facility. No TV, linens, refrigerator, microwave, or WIFI is available in these units. Each unit rents for $50 a night.

To reserve a cabin or bunkhouse, visit the Calendar & Reservations page.